This is nothing new in 2018, but the Atlanta Falcons aren’t good. Below is a look at how they team ranks amongst the rest of the league in statistical categories.
- Total Offensive Yards – 10th (4,531 yards)
- Passing Yards – 5th (3,583 yards)
- Rushing Yards – 32nd (948 yards)
- Points Scored – 14th (296 points)
- Total Yards Allowed – 26th (4,730 yard)
- Passing Yards Allowed – 25th (3,162 yards)
- Rushing Yards Allowed – 27th (1,568 yards)
- Points Allowed – 28th (333 points)
I’d say the most obvious take away from these total team statistics is the defense. With injuries to Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, and Ricardo Allen, the team has surely felt their absence. Even with Deion Jones’ return, the statistics shouldn’t improve that much over the remaining four games. Folks, at this point, the defense is what it is.
The shining light this season has been the offense. Not always reliable, but when the Falcons did win games, is was almost always due to them.
One issue is the league-worst rushing offense. Missing Devonta Freeman has been HUGE for this team. Currently, the Atlanta Falcons are the only team in the league with FEWER than 1,000 rushing yards entering Week 14.
With Devonta likely not returning in 2018, hopefully the team will see what Ito Smith can do. The most carries he has had in a single game this season is 11 against the Buccaneers in Week 6.